Is the government lying about the number of doctors in the NHS?

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The NHS has announced funding to bring 5,000 more doctors into the service by 2020-21 – so doesn’t this mean that, even if it doesn’t haemorrhage any more in the years between, numbers will be at a standstill?

This Writer thinks somebody is lying to us.

Family doctors have been leaving the National Health Service at a rate of more than 400 a month, threatening the government’s pledge to ensure general practitioners can provide the public with a seven-day-a-week operation.

A total of 5,159 GPs departed from the NHS in England between April 2016 and March 2017, according to NHS Digital, which collects health data.

The figures emerged after the Financial Times revealed that recruitment agencies could be paid up to £100m by the NHS to find 5,000 GPs — about half of them from overseas — to fill worsening staffing gaps in England.

But this recruitment drive may not be enough to enable the government hit its target for GPs to provide a seven-day service to the public by 2020.

Source: GPs quit NHS in England at rate of 400 a month |

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  1. Ann Ford September 4, 2017 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    This government is full of proven liars. I have no faith in them providing any form of fully funded service

  2. rotzeichen September 4, 2017 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    This Pulse article in 2014 spells out the direction the NHS was heading in, top down management, when Tories promised doctors were put in charge.

    Revealed: GPs now in a majority on less than a third of CCG boards
    28 March 2014 By Jaimie Kaffash, Helen Mooney

    Comments (12)
    Dr Paul Roblin

    DH role in health system is ‘unclear’, Government report warns
    25 Apr 2014
    GPs feel even less involved in commissioning one year after CCGs took control
    31 Mar 2014
    Dr Michael Dixon: ‘For heaven’s sakes, let CCGs lead’
    27 Mar 2014
    Revealed: One in five GPs on CCG boards has financial interest in a current provider
    23 Sep 2013
    Put more lay people on CCG boards to block GPs’ conflict of interest, says NHS England official
    04 Sep 2013
    Revealed: One in five CCG board members have potential conflict of interest
    21 Dec 2012
    Analysis: CCG board members are playing a dangerous game
    20 Dec 2012
    Earl Howe calls for more women on CCG boards
    19 Nov 2012
    Do we need more GPs on CCG boards?
    24 Jul 2012
    Map: How are shadow CCG boards shaping up?
    18 Jul 2012
    GPs outnumbered on nearly half of CCG boards
    18 Jul 2012
    Women hold just a fifth of GP positions on CCG boards
    18 Jul 2012
    Exclusive GP representation on CCG boards has substantially decreased since commissioning groups were in shadow form, with GPs now making up the majority of board members at just 29% of CCGs, new figures exclusively obtained by Pulse reveal.

    The data, collected by the TUC-funded campaign group False Economy, is the most comprehensive analysis to date of the make-up of fully-fledged CCG boards. It reveals that GPs constitute some 43% of all board members – down from 49% in 2012 – and that the proportion of boards where GPs are in the majority has almost halved over the same period, from 56% to 29%.

    Andrew Lansley, the health secretary who introduced the Health and Social Care Act, told GPs the original purpose of the reforms was to ‘give you and your colleagues in general practice the responsibility to shape services’.

    But GP leaders have said that these latest figures support the growing feeling that CCGs are ‘more like PCTs, with strong managerial diktats’, at the same time as one of the country’s most senior GP commissioner leaders told Pulse that ‘centralism’ is threatening to ‘destroy’ primary care.

    Researchers from False Economy began looking in December at the constitution of all 212 CCG boards, based on information on their websites, which CCGs must display. They recorded whether each board member was a GP, hospital doctor, manager, nurse, lay member, public health doctor or a pharmacist, and also counted members of the voluntary sector, local authorities and Healthwatch.

  3. Paul Rutherford September 4, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Where are the doctors leaving the NHS going?

  4. Florence September 5, 2017 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Tory “ambition” for 24/7 GP service is actually part of the problem. One local surgery has been taken over by a health authority as it had no GPs at all. Patients seeking consultations have to ring receptionist who then decides if they should be passed to locum in city 100 miles away, who will then use a phone call to triage the patient to see if an appointment with a locum GP is needed. Small problems, like receptionist screening patients health problems, and a TWO WEEK WAIT for the locum triage, and a further two week wait for an appointment to actually see a GP…….looks like the new service model for the “free at the point of use” NHS. Payment of course will get GP consultation on same day.

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